P Masturzo

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The aim of this study was the characterization of mutations of the LDL receptor gene in 39 Italian patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, who were examined during the period 1994 to 1996. The age of the patients ranged from 1 to 64 years; one third of them were older than 30. Plasma LDL cholesterol level ranged from 10.8 to 25.1 mmol/L. The(More)
We examined apolipoprotein E (ApoE) immunoreactivity and allele frequency in 12 autopsied cases of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a neurodegenerative disease characterized by diffuse neurofibrillary tangle (NFT) formation without beta-amyloid deposits. In spite of the ApoE immunoreactivity associated with NFTs, in PSP the ApoE allele frequency was(More)
Diazepam in vitro produced a concentration-dependent increase of membrane fluidity in crude synaptic membranes from rat hippocampus, but not cerebellum. Similar effects were obtained with higher concentrations of Ro 15-1788 and PK 11195, while zopiclone was completely inactive. In vivo acute treatment with diazepam and Ro 15-1788 gave results similar to(More)
A novel mutation of low density lipoprotein (LDL)-receptor gene was found in an Italian family hypercholesterolemia (FH) patient during a screening of 300 FH patients. The proband as well as her daughter were found to be heterozygotes for the mutation. Binding, internalization, and degradation of 125I-labeled LDL by the proband's fibroblasts were reduced to(More)
The effects of low doses of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH, 50 and 200 micrograms) on thyrotropin (TSH) and prolactin levels have been studied in depressed women and compared with the depressive condition and with the results of the dexamethasone suppression test (DST). TRH administration elicited blunted hormonal responses that were not correlated(More)
Modulation mechanisms of nociception have several neurotransmission interactions that are impaired in the disorder of painful perceptions. Neurotransmission changes may show up in several ways on the clinical level. They also have endocrinological correlations, since the neurotransmission systems implicated in the nociception disorders share transmitters(More)